Teaching

Christopher Belluscio, who earned his doctorate from Boston University in 2012, is in demand as an educator, scholar, and speaker.

A leading expert on historical trumpets, Mr. Belluscio offers private lessons and coachings at his home in Newton, Massachusetts, and regularly presents lecture-demonstrations at various museums, notable musical instrument collections, academic conferences, and University music departments throughout the United States.

Below, you'll find a representative list of Mr. Belluscio's lecture-demonstrations. For more information and booking inquiries, please send an email to belluscio@gmail.com.

Lecture-demonstration topics

Baroque Interpretation for the Modern Brass Player

Articulation and phrasing concepts for modern brass performance with a grounding in the styles and traditions of the Baroque era.

To Vent, or Not to Vent, that is the question

The addition of vent holes to natural trumpets in the 20th Century helped create interest in Historic Brass playing during the 1960s and 1970s but in the 21st century, should this modern contrivance contribute to have a place in High Tech 21st century Historic Performance?

The Age of Invention and the search for full chromaticism

The period between 1790 and 1850 saw a Pan-European movement to fully chromaticize the trumpet with various successful instrument designs beign developed with their own unique repertoires.  Experience the Demilune, English Slide Trumpet, Keyed Trumpet, Keyed Bugle, and early valve trumpets and the beautiful music written for them.

The 19th Century Cornet

The Great Cornet Soloists of the 19th and early 20th Centuries left us their solos, teachings, and in some cases their recorded legacies.  An in-depth look at the players, playing styes, and instruments of this era.